Dr. Daniel Amen is a bestselling author, board certified psychiatrist, and health expert that has been working for years to help people to understand the importance of good nutrition. Part of his message has long been that holistic eating benefits your brain and your body and contributes to a healthy, happy, productive life. Dr. Amen also explains how a nutrient-rich diet can be an important tool in treating ADD, depression, and many other common psychiatric ailments. He recently teamed up with Dr. Mark Hyman and Pastor Rick Warren to create ‘The Daniel Plan’. This diet plan has improved the lives of thousands of people.
Born in Encino, California, Dr. Amen holds an undergraduate degree in biology from Southern California College and earned his medical degree at Oral Roberts University School of Medicine. He received advanced training in psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Tripler Army Medical Center and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has awarded him double board certification. Dr. Amen’s training and education has enabled him to help tens of thousands of people to live better lives and make remarkable recoveries from serious illnesses through making simple but profound changes in their diets.
To spread his message and share his expertise, Dr. Amen has set up a series of Amen Clinics throughout the country. But he understands that’s not enough to take his important message about the link between nutrition and healing to the masses, so he has written dozens of best-selling books on the subject. The books explain in simple terms the changes people can make in their diets to heal a variety of mental and physical illnesses and improve the quality of their lives. Dr. Amen has also created a number of websites through which people can purchase dietary supplements to aid in their healing.
In a recent article in the Huffington Post he outlined 10 simple, inexpensive things people of limited financial means can do to improve the health of their brains through healthy eating. He recommended they eat grains like oatmeal and pearled barley and purchase frozen vitamin-rich vegetables including broccoli, carrots, and spinach. Dr. Amen also recommended they eat antioxidant-rich fruits like apples, bananas, and oranges, calcium, protein, and vitamin A and D rich cottage cheese, protein rich affordable eggs, high-fiber, high-protein beans, canned tuna which contains lots of omega-3 fatty acids, and drink lots of water. He also recommended adding spices to meals to improve flavor instead of salt and fat.
Dr. Amen also says the economically disadvantaged must learn to be savvy shoppers. To get more nutrition for their dollars he recommends they use coupons and buy canned beans and tuna, barley, oatmeal, and frozen vegetables in bulk.